The Australian Embassy in Israel has publicized the following information:
The Australian Government has secured additional assisted-departure flights for Australians affected by the situation in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
A Government-supported charter will undertake at least two flights departing Ben Gurion Airport to Dubai. The charter flights will operate separately to the two already-announced Qantas flights from Ben Gurion Airport to London.
The flight to London on Friday 13 October 2023 is fully subscribed. The next flight will be departing to Dubai on Saturday 14 October 2023. This flight will also be free-of-charge. Further details on the flight arrangements and departure times will be communicated shortly.
The situation is highly challenging and rapidly evolving. While we have other flights planned we cannot guarantee that they will depart. If you indicate that you wish to leave Israel or the Occupied Palestinian Territories we will aim to place you on the next available flight. The Australian Government is monitoring the situation closely to ensure Australians who want to leave can do so as soon as possible.
The flights may be cancelled or changed with little notice. We will continue to liaise with you about any changes. Please ensure you monitor your emails closely. Please ensure your travel documentation and passport remain valid.
Further departure options
Land border crossings to Jordan remain open. Australians should confirm the status of these crossings prior to departure.
The Australian Government is also working to arrange bus transport from Ramallah to Jordan for Australians requiring assistance to leave the OPTs.
Departures from Gaza are challenging due to the dangerous security situation. Australians there should contact the Consular Emergency Centre as soon as possible.
Australians in Israel or the Occupied Palestinian Territories who want to leave and don’t already have plans to depart should register via DFAT’s Crisis Portal or by calling the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 (from overseas) or 1300 555 135 (from within Australia).
To be eligible for these flights you must meet the following conditions:
– Be an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or an immediate family member of an Australian citizen or permanent resident who holds a valid visa.
Please note: For the purpose of these flights, a family member is defined as a spouse, child (minors), child (if over 18 and still a dependant), parent, and sibling (under the age of 18).
– Be able to meet any entry/transit requirements into London/Dubai, or other final destination.
– Be fit to fly before the flight (if required).
– Children travelling under the age of 18 must be accompanied by either a parent, guardian or adult family member, who is able to meet any entry requirements into London.
How do I book a seat?
If you meet the eligibility requirements above and are interested in these flights, please respond to this email as soon as possible to email@example.com.
There are limited seats available, and we are unable to guarantee you a seat. If you do not receive a seat, we will work with you on potential alternate options. Please note that there is no guarantee of further flights
If we are able to offer you a seat, you will be contacted with further details.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any special requirements, including medical conditions or accessibility needs.
All questions about the flight should be sent to email@example.com.
What if I want to return to Australia?
Qantas has agreed to support Australians arriving in London on assisted-departure flights from Tel Aviv by offering an A380 flight from London to Sydney via Singapore free-of-charge. The Australian Government will continue to work on options for onward travel from Dubai and to support those who cannot make these flights.
Will you provide me with a return flight to Tel Aviv?
No. These flights are one way.
Consular Flight Team
Consular and Crisis Management Division
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
24-hour Consular Emergency Centre +61 2 6261 3305
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